Reverend Doctor Shively T. J. Smith serves as Assistant Professor of New Testament at Boston University School of Theology. Teacher, speaker, and scholar, Smith is dedicated to extending academic theological studies and interfaith and ecumenical conversations into the public square. She has appeared on the History Channel Documentary, “Jesus, His Life” and presented at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Smith is also the author of Strangers to Family: Diaspora and 1 Peter’s Invention of God’s Household. Currently, she is a 2020-21 Teacher-Scholar of the Calvin Institute. An ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, she proudly serves as member and resident scholar at the historic Metropolitan AME Church (Washington, DC).
When Israel went forth from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech, Judah became His holy one, Israel, His dominion… ~ JPS Tanakh, Psalm 114:1-2
When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language; Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion. ~ KJV, Psalm 114:1-2
When Israel came out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of foreign tongue, Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel his dominion. ~ NIV, Psalm 114:1-2
When Israel came out of Egypt—when the house of Jacob came out from a people who spoke a different language—Judah was God’s sanctuary; Israel was God’s territory.
~ CEB, Psalm 114:1-2
Every time I read the opening stanza of Psalm 114—no matter the translation—
I hear something,
I see something,
and I feel many, many things.
…the stirring melodic sounds of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, performing the Negro spiritual, “Go Down Moses.”
Fisk Jubilee Singers Perform “Go Down Moses”